130. Letter of request

(1) Paragraphs (2) to (4) apply where a party wishes to take a deposition from a person who is out of the jurisdiction and not in a Convention State within the meaning of Rule 136(2).
(2) The Court of First Instance may order the issue of a letter of request to the judicial authorities of the country in which the proposed deponent is and make such an order in relation to inferior court proceedings.
(3) A letter of request is a request to a judicial authority to take the evidence of that person, or arrange for it to be taken.
(4) If the government of a country allows a person appointed by the Court of First Instance to examine a person in that country, the Court of First Instance may make an order appointing a special examiner for that purpose.
(5) A person may be examined under this Rule on affirmation or in accordance with any procedure permitted in the country in which the examination is to take place.
(6) If the Court of First Instance makes an order for the issue of a letter of request, the party who sought the order must file the documents set out in a relevant practice direction and, except as provided by a relevant practice direction, a translation of them, and an undertaking to be responsible for any expenses incurred by the Board or its Chairman.